Twenty-five years ago our Executive Director had an idea. The Americans with Disabilities Act had just become law and he recognized two important things: that the ADA Coordinators and Professionals that were required by the ADA for the State and local governments as well as those in the private sector would be key to the successful implementation of the new law. These people would need accurate, up-to-date information, if they were going to do their jobs successfully.
From that concept was born the National Association of ADA Coordinators. Also, the idea was developed that one of the best ways to provide sound information was by assembling ADA experts and coordinators together for in-depth training.
Yes, 25 years ago our Executive Director held this association’s first ADA conference. We assembled in Long Beach, California. The idea proved a triumph from the start. He convinced the government officials with expertise on the ADA from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and from U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to join with State and local leaders and coordinators for in-depth, comprehensive sessions. A few years later, representatives from the U.S.Department of Education (DOE), U.S.Department of Transportation (DOT), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the U.S. Access Board, and the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) were added to our conferences.
Over the years the conferences have grown and developed, providing the most up-to-dateinformation, keeping abreast of new trends and developments, and still providing the basicsfor persons new to their coordinator positions.
Another development in these annual conferences was the role played by the ADA Coordinators themselves. Many coordinators return each year. They share stories and best practices, take ADA concepts and make them relevant and useful to ADA Coordinators. The results make our conferences one of the most valued and interesting ADA training events in the country.
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Last summer the ADA celebrated its 25th anniversary. This fall it is the Association’s turn. The National Association of ADA Coordinators celebrates 25 years of sharing ADA expertise. We’re proud of our record and for being “With You, From the Start.”